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CAISE Activities

CAISE is one of several resource centers funded by the NSF’s Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL) within the Education and Human Resources (EHR) directorate that support and connect principal investigators and their projects.

The AISL resource center, now known as CAISE, was initially established in 2007. In September 2016, CAISE received a 5-year award from NSF to continue supporting the AISL community while broadening its scope to explore opportunities for synergy with those who conduct and/or study science communication and public engagement with science activities. 

These efforts have been coordinated with the National Informal STEM Education Network, the Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Alliance for Broader Impacts, the Center for Engagement & Training in Science & Society at Arizona State University, the Research + Practice Collaboratory, and others as appropriate.

Since 2021, CAISE has focused on centering equity and conducting an equity audit of its work since the creation of the resource center. This has included intentionally centering equity during the 2021 NSF AISL Awardee Meeting by inviting and including community partners, with equitable partnerships as the major theme. The report for the meeting can be found here. The audit will culminate with a report on CAISE's findings in summer 2022.

See the links below for more about the ways that CAISE engages the field.